Veneers for teeth can be used to correct a wide range of both physical and cosmetic problems, including stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, unsightly gaps, crooked teeth and excessive erosion. Veneers for teeth act like false nails that are cemented to the original tooth to create a more attractive façade. Good teeth veneers last between 12 months and 10 years, depending on the type of veneer, the nature of the original problem and the skill of the dentist.
There are several different kinds and each has its own advantages. For example, composite veneers for teeth are considerably cheaper and easier to fit than other options but they do stain more easily and don’t last as long. More durable porcelain veneers are much more stain resistant and last much longer but are more expensive. At the far end of the scale, specialist, branded veneers for teeth involve the least trauma to the teeth and are the most durable but they are by far the most expensive. So how do you choose?
This article on tooth veneers is by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Composite veneers for teeth
Composite veneers have the advantage of being fitted in situ, in your mouth, on a single visit. The material is layered, shaped and polished there and then and you leave with a completely new smile. This is a considerable advantage over porcelain veneers for teeth, which need to be manufactured off site, leaving you with a temporary fitting for several days.
Composite veneers can start from £500 per tooth, however since the skill of the dentist is crucial to the process, it is worth paying more for a dentist of experience and repute. This type of veneers for teeth will last between 12 months and 2 years and are prone to chipping and staining. You may find that the initial savings you make by choosing composite veneers for teeth are soon wiped out by the need to replace them so regularly.